Friday, January 15, 2016

DIY Wooden Stool

Since my $5 bucket stool challenge and failed cat bed, I've had the desire to get my carpentry back on. I call myself the dodgey woodworker because I rarely check to see what I'm doing is the correct method and thus end up, with some less than questionable products. The fun aspect for me is the problem solving and the making and in the process I become absent minded of perfection. I did finally Google how to make a stool and I even went down to our local hardware store and bought myself a drill bit. I have no idea if it's the right one or not but I must say, this latest stool is my most sound yet :p

DIY wooden stool - circus

 I also went with this harlequin circus theme with the paint job, I kept second guessing my self on the colour choices and design but it's really grown on me :)

You can see how it looked before, I used a circular piece of wood I found at our old place and then some fallen tree branches from one of our walks :) I did try and be professional and measure and tape up the diamond design but since the wood surface was very uneven the paint job was very uneven I ended up finishing it off free hand. Oh and I sanded everything and filled holes before I started just to try and be a tad more professional!

I love the top, I used a stain + varnish (Black Japan gloss by Feast Watson) which I put three coats on and it's super shiny and lovely :) The rest of the stool was painted in house paint which I've collected sample pots of whilst thrifting or in the clearance bin at the paint store :) Even though I did it on the super cheap I'm sure you could go to the store and buy something cheaper and much sturdier but I love that I made it myself. I'm currently working on upgrading one of my old cement stools and this time I think I may have finally perfected my wood stool method and you might even be able to sit on it :P

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  1. Picture this! Me. Sat at my desk. Squealing with delight at your GORGEOUS stool! I love everything about it.

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  2. That's so awesome Fee! Love it :) xx

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  3. Even if it isn't very sturdy, it sure is cute! I'm convinced you did a great job. ;)

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    1. Definitely cannot sit on this guy without having some major doubts about being supported :P but he seems to do alright on the plant front, so I'll definitely take that as a win :) he he!

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  4. Well done Fee! Looks so great and I love the pattern you painted. :)

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  5. You did an incredible job. The stool is gorgeous!!!

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  6. Ooh, wow! Looks great to me:) Love the colors! And the pattern on the side is perfect for it!

    Speaking of DIY-y things. I recently got myself a screwdriver that looks like a penguin! I'll blog a picture soon;)

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    1. penguin screw driver - eeep how cute!!!! I'm sure your destined to make or fix great things with it :) :)

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  7. Aww this stool is super cool and cute! You should make a batch and sell them :))

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    1. Aww thanks Katrina!! I will admit this pursuit is definitely just for myself. Couldn't ethically sell their somewhat shonky design and this one took me a bit over a month to complete :P But our house is looking more kick arse for having them :)

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  8. Oh it is looking so great Fee!!! I love love the harlequin pattern and colors which makes me think about one of my favorite wallpapers from Ferm living <3 Such a good job!

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    1. Oh I'd love harlequin wall paper!! Image how cute a bathroom would look with it!!!

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  9. oh my gosh, fee! it's gorgeous! i love how it looks!! and your first paragraph - i thought i was reading about myself! :D

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    1. There is something fun in just the pursuit and making hey :) :) INFJ for life :P :P

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